09680 - Notions and Principles of Social Work

Academic Year 2022/2023

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Social Work (cod. 8040)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students will be able to: - know the basic conceptual references elaborated by Social Work and the analysis tools that contributed to the foundation and transformations of this discipline; - know and analyze some social change topics that are particularly important for the asset of Social Work today.

Course contents


The following topics will be developed:

-    the migration phenomenon and social work: knowledge and skills, reflexivity in social work with foreign families;

- intervention with children and families in vulnerable situations;

- violence against women and the cycle of violence;     

Students with additional educational obligations (OFA) must agree with the teacher the presentation of a paper about their work at class or a book to be defined.


Compulsory readings

 Dina Galli, Francesca Mantovani, Lavoro sociale e migrazioni. Il ruolo delle reti dei servizi, edizioni junior, Parma, 2019.

Simonetta Filippini, Nuovo Codice deontologico dell'assistente sociale: le responsabilità professionali, Carocci, Roma, 2020 (Dal cap 1 al cap 6).

  Codice deontologico dell'assistente sociale 2020


Ulteriore materiale verrà comunicato all'inizio del corso (slides caricate sulla pagina del docente)


Suggested readings:

E. Barberis, P. Boccagni, Il lavoro sociale con le persone immigrate, Maggioli Editore, Santarcangelo di Romagna, 2017

T. Bertotti, L. Fazzi, A. Rosignoli, Il servizio sociale: le competenze chiave, Carocci , Roma, 2021


Teaching methods

Lectures with focus on case studies, practical exercises and group works.

Assessment methods

The final exam will consist on an oral talk. The aim is checking whether students have learned the book contents and if a global and organic view of the course topics has been reached. Students are not required to report mnemonic what they read but, through a personal language style, they are requested to show that they have elaborated and internalized the course topics. Students are also required to promptly answer the questions. They must show expression skills as well as the use of a specific language and professionally correct terms.

Teaching tools

Further material will be available on the teacher's webpage during the course.

Office hours

See the website of Francesca Mantovani